Benedict Cumberbatch Apologizes for Calling Black People “Colored”

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Benedict Cumberbatch issued an apology Monday following comments made during his interview on the Travis Smiley PBS show.

The apology is in response to his statement: “I think as far as colored actors go it gets really different in the U.K., and a lot of my friends have had more opportunities here [in the U.S.] than in the U.K., and that’s something that needs to change. Something’s gone wrong. We’re not representative enough in our culture of different races, and that really does need to step up apace.”

The controvesy came with the actor’s use of the phrase “colored actors.” Although Cumberbatch’s statement in general sheds light on racial inequality in the acting industry, the anti-racism charity Show Racism The Red Card pointed out that “[He] also inadvertently highlighted the issue of appropriate terminology and the evolution of language.”

Fans and critics took to the internet, blasting Cumberbatch about his use of the inappropriate term “colored” while referring to his fellow actors. Shortly after, he issued a public apology via People:

“I’m devastated to have caused offense by using this outmoded terminology. I offer my sincere apologies. I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done. I can only hope this incident will highlight the need for correct usage of terminology that is accurate and inoffensive. The most shaming aspect of this for me is that I was talking about racial inequality in the performing arts in the U.K. and the need for rapid improvements in our industry when I used the term.”

[via Huffington Post]

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